CMC Community Mapping Institute 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:30pm to Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:30pm

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 Growing Innovation and Visions:

The Common Ground Community Mapping Institute and Celebration

Everyone Welcome
Registration for daytime workshops and lunch(es) required. Email to register. (Include Date, Name and Workshop Title & if attending April 13th and/or April lunch)

April 13 –14, 2015

First Peoples House (FPH)
UVic, Victoria, BC, Canada

Celebrate * Innovate * Connect

Celebrate and learn the basics about community and green mapping. Innovate and explore software solutions for community based mapping and assess the impact and potential for regional and global sustainability. Connect with fellow citizens from the CRD and beyond:  students, faculty and staff, neighbourhood and community members and groups, educators, First Nations, planners and innovators


Monday the 13thInnovation

starting at noon

lunch  •  mingle  •  network  •  interactive display  •  welcome @1pm

afternoon 2-4:30

2 concurrent workshops  

“how-to” community-green mapping  •  exploring software solutions in support of community mapping

Community and Campus Mapping Walkabout – 5-6:30 (UVic and Mt Tolmie / Leaving from FPH)

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Evening Public Event 7:30-9:30

Welcome to the Territory: Chief Ron Sam, Songhees Nation

Keynotes by Green Map Global Leader Wendy Brawer and UBC’s Jon Corbett with community panel  Briony Penn, John Elliott  (WSANEC) and Marianne Alto (City of Victoria/CRD)

Tuesday the 14th: Vision

Sustainability and Place making/Stories, Wisdom and Place Based Research/ Social Innovation and Planning

Panel 8:45-9:45   Concurrent Sessions 10-11:30 Plenary 11:45-12:30 Celebration Lunch 12:30-1:30

detailed program

Monday April 13  - Community Mapping Innovation

12:00-12:45: Lunch, mingle, network, make a local icon t-shirt!

(Please RVSP by emailing

12:45-1:30: Opening, welcome, what’s happening on campus


2:00-4:30 Concurrent Workshops

Please Register for workshops by emailing  and include Date, Name and Workshop Title

1. “How to” Community  and Green Mapping  
led by the Maeve Lydon (CMC)  and John Lutz (UVic History)

What is community-based mapping and green mapping? What approaches, tools, applications  and local examples are available to use and learn from?  This workshop shares the experience of the local UVic Community Mapping Collaboratory  (CMC) and Common Ground Network with faculty, students, indigenous communities, NGOs, municipalities, Green Map and other national-global partners over the past 18 years.  UVIC Historian John Lutz gives an overview of the power and potential of community mapping for research and teaching and is joined by  Kevin Paul- WSANEC poet, and community scholar who speaks to the power of culture and place.  Local community mapping project leaders from Fernwood and Oak Bay share their stories and are joined by Lekwungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) community leaders who will share their ideas for new local mapping projects. 

2. Understanding and Advancing Software Innovations and Solutions

led by Peter Keller (UVic Geography)

There exists an ever-evolving and exciting number of software options that could support community mapping with different functionalities, compatibilities and ease of use. What are those options? How do they differ? What would an ideal software solution look like?  What are the issues? This workshop will bring together software developers, users and community to share their stories, learn about their experiences, and brainstorm a development agenda for the future.  The outcome of the workshop is to learn from each other, to identify a list of criteria and functionalities required to support community mapping, to gain insights into what choices are out there, and to dream about solutions of tomorrow. 


5:00-6:30  A Community Mapping Walk About
UVic, Mount Tolmie, the Paragon Building (VanCity)  hosted by UVic CMC, the Mount Tolmie Community Association and Vancity

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7:30 – 9:30

Welcome to the Territory: Chief Ron Sam, Songhees Nation

Key Note Speakers: Wendy Brawer: Based in New York, Wendy is the creator and director of the Green Map system and a renowned leader in global sustainability and eco-urban design and planning. There are over 900 Green Map projects around the world and many in Victoria and the CRD. Jon Corbett: Associate Professor in Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBC Okanagan and the co-director of the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice, Jon uses community mapping around the world as an engaged research method for social justice, participatory planning and indigenous rights.

Community Panel: John Elliott: WSANEC (Tsartlip Nation) cultural and language leader; Briony Penn: Local naturalist, artist, writer and academic-activist; Marianne Alto: City of Victoria Councillor and CRD


Tuesday April 14  Community Mapping Visions

8:00 - 8:45am: Coffee & mingling

8:45 - 9:45: Opening panel

  UVic Student Insights from Day One: What inspires you as a learner and community member?

Leslie Brown-  Special Advisor to the Provost on Community Engagement:   What is the broader context for campus-community collaboration and engagement ? What are UVic’s role and aspirations ?

Peter Keller – UVic Geography-CMC Chair -   What has  the Community Mapping Collaboratory (CMC)  and the Common Ground Network been learning and doing  over the past 18 years ? What are our visions  for the future– locally, nationally and globally?

10:00-11:30: Concurrent Workshops

Creating a Blueprint:  Sharing Our Ideas and Visions for the Future

Please Registerfor workshops by emailing and include Date, Name and Workshop Title

1. Sustainability and Placemaking: Mobilizing our Community and Creative Assets

2. Stories, Wisdom and Place-based Research: Recording and Sharing Indigenous and Community Knowledge and Values

3. Social Innovation and Planning:Growing a Vibrant Region and Local Economy

11:45-12:30: Plenary & Next Steps

12:30-1:30: Lunch

(Please RVSP to lunch by emailing


look for updates on the UVic Community Mapping Collaboratory 

To volunteer or get more information

Contact: Maeve Lydon, CMC Co-Coordinator  250-472-4630

Community Mapping Collaboratory (CMC) Steering Committee includesSea Change Marine Conservation Society, Capital Regional District, City of Victoria, United Way of Greater Victoria, VanCity, Habitat Acquistion Trust, W̱SÁNEĆ School Board, World Fisheries Trust, Green Map System, Aboriginal Mapping Network. At UVic the CMC is supported by the UVic Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, Department of Geography, faculty from History and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, UVic Library and Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement.

The CMC and Common Ground Network is funded bythe Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Vancity Credit Union, the City of Victoria, the Capital Region District, and the UVIC Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability.            

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